- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials say they’re aiming to come up with a strategy to manage bison in the state by 2015.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks chief of staff Mike Volesky says a draft plan will be out later this year, followed by a final document by this time next year.

An advisory committee met in Billings this week to make management suggestions. The plan has been in the works since 2010, but the process has faced repeated delays over concerns from the livestock industry about bison competing with cattle.

The advisory committee has been discussing alternatives for creating new, wild herds outside of Yellowstone National Park. Those range from a pilot project of about 100 bison on public land to a 1,000-animal herd on tribal or private land.

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